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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 30th May, 2012

 

Report of the Cabinet Member for the Environment and Visible Services

 

Terra Nova Way, Penarth - Proposed Traffic Calming Feature - Objection Report

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To advise Members of an objection received to the proposed installation of a traffic calming feature on Terra Nova Way, Penarth.

Recommendations

1.             That Members reject the objection for the reasons contained in this report and that the traffic calming feature is installed.

2.             That the objector is advised of this decision.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To enable the works to be completed as intended.  

2.             To confirm the Council's position.

Background

2.             In 2010, a scheme was designed to introduce on-road cycle lanes on Terra Nova Way, Penarth.  This scheme also included a series of cushions along the length of Terra Nova Way intended to address concerns regarding perceived excessive vehicle speeds.  A consultation exercise was undertaken in accordance with the Highways Act 1980 and the Highways (Road Humps) Regulations 1999 and a considerable number of objections were received from the residents of Penarth Marina in respect of the proposed installation of the cushions.  This proposal was subsequently abandoned.  In addition however, other concerns were raised by the residents regarding excessive vehicle speeds on the approach to and exit from the roundabout at the Terra Nova Way / Marconi Avenue junction. 

3.             A report was presented to Cabinet on 18th May 2011 entitled 'Regional Transport Consortia Grant and Local Road Safety Grant Award 2011/12'.  This report advised Members, amongst other things, that £330k had been allocated through the South East Wales Transport Alliance (SEWTA) to continue to provide cycle infrastructure within the Penarth area to improve cycle routes to Pont y Werin.  Two projects were subsequently identified to be progressed with this funding namely on Paget Road and between Marconi Avenue and Terra Nova Way in the vicinity of the Oystercatcher public house.

4.             The works on Paget Road comprise the replacement and relocation of existing cushions creating improved routes for cyclists, the introduction of a cycle lane half way up the hill with associated traffic island and road markings and the installation of two new cushions at the top of the hill.  In addition, the road was resurfaced along its length.  These works are now complete.  

5.             The works on Marconi Avenue and Terra Nova Way comprise the following:

·               The construction of some 100m of new shared footway/cycleway in the vicinity of the Oystercatcher public house to facilitate improved access to Pont y Werin;

·               A new flat top road hump to be located on Terra Nova Way on the approach to the roundabout junction with Marconi Avenue to provide a safe, uncontrolled pedestrian/cycle crossing point and to address the previously reported concerns regarding the speed of traffic at this location. 

·               Localised signing associated with the final scheme and a new advance direction sign.

6.             These works commenced during the last week of March, with a proviso that no works were to progress over the Easter period so as to avoid any disruption to the trade at the Oystercatcher, and are now complete other than the construction of the road hump.

7.             It is a requirement of the Highways (Road Humps) Regulations 1999 that the following consultation takes place:

" Where the Secretary of State or a local highway authority proposes to construct a road hump, he or they shall, as well as consulting the chief officer of police as required by section 90C(1) of the Act, also consult –

(a) where the proposal is by a local highway authority in England which is the council of a County, any district council in whose district the highway is situated;

(b) in all cases, the chief officer of the fire brigade for the area in which the highway concerned is situated and the chief officer of any body providing ambulance services under the National Health Service Act 1977(a) and operating in that area;

(c) in all cases, organisations appearing to him or them to represent persons who use the highway to which the proposal related, or to represent persons who are otherwise likely to be affected by the road hump."

8.             In addition, the Highways Act 1980 section 90C requires the following:

"(2) The Secretary of State or local highway authority shall also—

(a) publish in one or more newspapers circulating in the area in which the highway concerned is situated; and

(b) place at appropriate points on that highway, a notice of the proposal stating the nature, dimensions and location of the proposed road hump and the address to which and the period within which any objections to the proposal may be sent.

(3) The period stated in a notice under subsection (2) above shall be not less than 21 days beginning with the date on which the notice is first published in accordance with paragraph (a) of that subsection.

(4) The Secretary of State or local highway authority shall consider any objections sent to him or them in accordance with a notice under subsection (2) above and may, if he or they think fit, cause a local inquiry to be held."

Relevant Issues and Options

9.             The consultation process was undertaken as required and one objection was received from Penarth Town Council.  A copy of this letter is attached to this report at Appendix 'A'.  The reasons for the objection are indicated below along with officer comment:

 

Issues Raised by Penarth Town Council

Officer Comment

1

Penarth Town Council wishes to see a pedestrian crossing at this location not a flat top road hump.

A survey was undertaken to determine the pedestrian desire line.  The flat top road hump is located on this line. 

Because of the geometry of the junction, it would not be appropriate to locate a formal crossing so close to the roundabout.

The current pedestrian demand is insufficient to warrant the provision of a formal crossing at this location (although it is recognised that this might change in the future).

2

The safest option would be a pedestrian crossing where drivers would have to stop.

The provision of a pedestrian crossing would not address the concerns of speeding vehicles at this location as vehicles would only slow and stop when the crossing was in use.

3

A pedestrian crossing should be located far enough off the roundabout and the traffic flows are such as not to cause congestion.

Pedestrians would still cross on the desire line and ignore a pedestrian crossing located some distance along Terra Nova Way.

 

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)

10.        £130k Regional Transport Consortia Grant had been allocated through the South East Wales Transport Alliance (SEWTA) for financial year 2012/13 to continue to provide cycle infrastructure within the Penarth area to improve cycle routes to Pont y Werin.  It is estimated that £25k will be required from this budget to complete the works at the Marconi Avenue/Terra Nova Way in due course.

11.        The design and project management of the Marconi Avenue/Terra Nova Way scheme is being undertaken by the Council's Highway Projects and Traffic Management Group, Highways and Engineering. 

12.        Following a competitive tendering process, LGA Ltd was appointed as contractor for the Marconi Avenue/Terra Nova Way project.  

13.        There are no Climate Change Implications with regard to this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

14.        Road humps have to be introduced in accordance with the requirements of the Highways Act 1980 and the Highways (Road Humps) Regulations 1999.

15.        There are no Human Rights Implications with regard to this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

16.        Highway safety improvements often reduce the potential for incidents of disorder.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

17.        The proposals will benefit all sections of the community by improving highway safety.

18.        Any traffic signs required in relation to this project will adhere to the requirements of the Council's Welsh Language Scheme.

Corporate/Service Objectives

19.        To maintain and develop a safe and effective highway.

Policy Framework and Budget

20.        This is a matter for Executive Decision by Cabinet.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

21.        Ward Members had been consulted on the proposals contained in this report and had not raised any objections.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

22.        Economy and Environment.

Background Papers

23.        None.

Contact Officer

Paul Gay - Group Engineer (Highway Projects and Traffic Management)

Tel. No. 02920 673086

 

Officers Consulted

Operational Manager Legal Services

Accountant, Building and Visible Services

Operational Manager Planning and Transportation Policy

 

Responsible Officer:

Rob Quick, Director of Environmental and Economic Regeneration

 

 

 

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